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The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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List of the best TV shows to rewatch, as ranked by television fans and critics. When the weekend comes around and you can’t bring yourself to get out of your PJs and go out into the sun, it can be nice to have a lazy few days doing nothing but having a marathon of your past favorite shows. Hundreds of shows throughout the decades are considered perfect rewatching material by the biggest television fans. No matter what sort of genre you feel like, there’s a series out there for you. All of the series on this list are completely available on DVD, while most of them can be found instantly on online services like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

If you’re interested in having a laugh, sitcoms like 30 Rock, The Office, and Parks and Recreation are often good choices. Experiencing sci-fi favorites like Lost and Battlestar Galactica as if they were new again can be extremely entertaining. Fans of classic series may love spending the weekend with Star Trek, The Munsters, and The Wonder Years.

What are the best television series to rewatch? Depending on your genre preference, there are plenty of shows to remember your favorite storylines, discover things you missed the first time, and catch up before anew season begins.

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  • 1
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 2
    The Office is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    1,558
    877

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • 3
    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    1,377
    1,026

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action

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  • 4
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    551
    451

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

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  • 5
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    864
    677

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery

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  • 6
    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    499
    322

    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy

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  • 7
    Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    225
    117

    Tom and Jerry

    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff

    Premiered1940

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 8
    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    816
    684

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama

    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    384
    318

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 10
    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    1,446
    1,384

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 11
    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    288
    223

    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • 12
    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    815
    715

    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy

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  • 13
    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    372
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama

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  • 14
    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    771
    531

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller, Neo-western, Tragedy

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  • 15
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    1,102
    1,044

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    734
    603

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 17
    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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    888

    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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  • 18
    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    601
    417

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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    736

    Looney Tunes

    Mel Blanc, June Foray
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  • 20
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    514
    436

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 21
    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    1,061
    1,033

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 22
    House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    1,160
    1,101

    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

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  • 23
    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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    569

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

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  • 24
    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
    340
    256

    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 25
    South Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows to Rewatch
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    985

    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon

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